As part of its National Development Plan for Telecommunications (PDNT), the Costa Rican government has unveiled its new National Broadband Strategy. The planís main aim is to improve the nationís economy by rolling out broadband to more remote areas of the country and fostering innovation in information technologies. Plans also included raising awareness of the social and economic importance of internet expansion. The first step, to be completed by November this year, is to identify the areas of the country in greatest need of development before work can begin on improving the networking infrastructure.
According to TeleGeographyís GlobalComms Database, Costa Rica had 332,000 broadband subscribers at the end of March 2011, representing a household penetration of 24.8%, slightly lower than neighbouring Panamaís 30.1%, but far ahead of Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, with 4.9%, 3.0% and 7.7% respectively.